August 01, 2008

Still Moving

By now, many of you have read about my husband's head injury. Few know the frustrations that come after such an injury, though I am sure that any major trauma or illness is similar. We've been fortunate not to be touched by too much trauma or illness until recently.

As of the latest CT scan, the Husband's bleeding has been absorbed and the swelling is all gone. But the doctor was unable to answer why he is still experiencing major symptoms and only offered post concussion syndrome after a lot of proding and questions from me.

It appears that my husband is suffering post concussion syndrome. Which is apparently common after a head injury, but no one told us. The doctor yesterday told me to "go home and look it up on the internet." It typically affects those with a mild injury, except my husband's injury is not a typical or a mild injury. He had a subdural hematoma and an intracranial hemmorage. He was bleeding from the brain, had swelling and bruising of the brain. That is not a mild injury, but what do I know.

In fact, the doctors have been so nonchalant about the entire ordeal that we left the hospital with no information at all. Luckily, we are savvy enough to find out the information ourselves.

Next stop, neuropsychology. Hopefully, that will be far more helpful than these last doctors have been. The neurosurgeon yesterday is at the top of my list for asshole of the year.

We've a long road ahead and more healing to do, but we are better everyday. Thank you again for your thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Oddybobo at August 1, 2008 12:58 PM | TrackBack

Go home and look it up on the net?? I've never had a doctor tell me that... were you complete nonplussed, or have they acted like dorks the entire experience?

Prayers of both thanksgiving and healing still going out... hugs to you both!

Posted by: pam at August 1, 2008 01:39 PM

Oh, bless, honey. Hang tough, as I know you are.

Neuropsychology is an excellent step.

Let us know what you need.

Much love!

Posted by: Christina at August 1, 2008 02:12 PM

Dude needs his eye dotted. Bad.

Posted by: That 1 Guy at August 1, 2008 02:57 PM

I do know that you are worried to death, but the dude is a tough ol' boy. All will be fine. The folks around these parts are praying hard for y'all.

Posted by: Two Dogs at August 1, 2008 03:43 PM

Been saying prayers for your family since I read about it.

Hang in there.

Sending lots of hugs.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at August 1, 2008 03:48 PM

Still praying. Hugs.

Posted by: vw bug at August 1, 2008 06:42 PM

Praying for you him and y'all's son.

You say the word, and me and several others are on the way to pay a "visit" to whoever needs it. Why, I just got a brand spankin' new butt-stomping leg, and it needs to be broken in!


Posted by: Walrilla at August 2, 2008 12:04 AM

"Go look it up on the internet"???? That complete A$$!!

Hang in there, Dearie. I hope that you are all having a better day every day...

Posted by: Richmond at August 2, 2008 12:58 PM

What an ass. Rich is right. I say it's time to find a new doc. You've been treated like nothing but dirt from the beginning. Find a doc who gives a shit.

The neuropsych assessment should help give you a better sense of where he is and what his deficits really are. The pissy thing about these kinds of injuries is that there is usually a HUGE initial improvement, which is because the swelling and acute injury are healing. Then you have a longer slower period of little improvement as the final bits heal and the brain learns some work-arounds. BTW, this is the class that I taught in grad school to medical students, and will be teaching in the spring again, so if you have any questions AT ALL about the neuropsych visit, please please please let me know.

Posted by: caltechgirl at August 2, 2008 05:22 PM

I'm praying for your husband's recovery and that you find an excellent Dr. There are too many quacks in medicine. I'm sorry that you keep getting all of the jerks. Sending {HUGS} too.

Posted by: sticks at August 3, 2008 07:41 AM

Thank God for Caltechgirl. She is a star among the darkness.

It has been my experience, that the average neurologist/neurosurgeon suffers from a complete lack of personality and regard to feelings for patients. I can tell you story upon story. I'm not sure what it is... whether these are of the uber smart and you end up with folks who have no social skills due to the extraordinarily high IQ as you can't have it all, or what.

But there ARE good neuro folks out there with compassion... you just have to work to find them.

Good luck. I'm so sorry they've just been so rotten... The whole lot of them, a pox upon them and may they frickin' rot.

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Posted by: iuiafbkva at August 3, 2008 07:19 PM

So glad to hear of the progress made so far; you are in our thoughts daily. Hang in there,,,I can't offer any advice coz I know a whole lot less than you about brain injuries!

Posted by: Michele at August 4, 2008 12:52 PM

... you guys are in my thoughts..... hang in there.... all three of you....

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Posted by: Czbwkgfj at August 7, 2008 04:49 AM

Y'all are still in my prayers. And yay for CTG and her advice. That's a great way of 'looking it up on the internet'.

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